Photo: Whit Richardson/Alamy

Size: 
132.4 sq. mi.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado has some of tallest sand dunes in North America; many are more than 700 feet tall. The park’s high desert landscape has lakes, meadows, forests, wetlands, grasslands, and shrublands. Its ecosystems include the Riparian and alpine tundra ecosystems, which support hundreds of plant species like alpine phlox and dwarf clover, as well as wildlife. More than 200 bird species can be found in Great Sand Dunes, including the Mountain Bluebird, Great Blue Heron, Northern Pygmy Owl, Bald Eagle, and Golden Eagle.

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Suitable climate for these species is currently available in the park. This list is derived from National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring data and eBird observations. Note, however, there are still imperfections in these datasets.

These are species that may find the new climate conditions of this park suitable by 2050. But projected changes in climate suitability are not definitive predictions of future species ranges or abundances. Numerous other factors affect where species occur, including habitat quality, food abundance, species adaptability, and the availability of microclimates.

Within this park, suitable climate for these birds ceases to occur by 2050. Species may either adapt to the park’s new climate or may follow suitable climate elsewhere.

Suitable climate for these species is currently available in the park. This list is derived from National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring data and eBird observations. Note, however, there are still imperfections in these datasets.

These are species that may find the new climate conditions of this park suitable by 2050. But projected changes in climate suitability are not definitive predictions of future species ranges. Numerous other factors affect where species occur, including habitat quality, food abundance, species adaptability, and the availability of microclimates.

Within this park, suitable climate for these birds ceases to occur by 2050. Species may either adapt to the park’s new climate or may follow suitable climate elsewhere.

This Park in Context

The extent of turnover, potential colonization, and potential extirpation varies among the 53 national parks featured on this website. Below, see how this park compares to others in summer and winter. Click on a circle to explore results for another park.

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  • winter

Golden-winged Warbler. Photo: Arni Stinnissen/Audubon Photography Awards

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